The news comes amid the conclusion of the Israel Defence Forces’ (IDF) Operation Northern Shield, aimed at demolishing secret tunnelsdug that were  by Hezbollah from Lebanon to Israel.

Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has been hospitalized after suffering a heart attack, the newspaper Israel Hayom reported, citing Lebanese journalist Jerry Mahar.

According to Mahar’s source, “a senior figure in the Hezbollah organization was hospitalized” on Saturday in Beirut, while other sources confirmed that it was Nasrallah, adding that he “has been fighting cancer for years”.

Hezbollah has not commented on the reports and has not provided information on its secretary-general or his condition. Nasrallah has not been seen in public since November, when he criticized a possible ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.

Israel and Hezbollah last clashed in 2006, with Israeli forces invading Lebanon after Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid.

Ties between Israel and Lebanon further deteriorated after the IDF launched Operation Northern Shield in early December 2018, destroying suspected Hezbollah tunnels used to funnel militants and arms across the Israel-Lebanon border.

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